All students who took part in one of the King's Internships Programmes 2017-18 were invited to submit entries for the King's Internships Competitions & Awards of which there were 6 categories in total. We received an overwhelming number of very impressive and inspiring submissions and nominations, which the King's Internships team and Judging Panel thoroughly enjoyed reading and watching.
We are delighted to announce the winners and runners up below, as well as all the wonderful submissions we received for each of the categories.
On Monday 2 October, the King's Internships Awards 2017 were held in the Great Hall at the Strand, to celebrate the incredible achievements of everyone who took part in one of our King's Internships programmes over 2016 - 2017.
To take an in-depth look at all the submissions and nominations received please click on the drop-down options below for each category.
Winner: Anamika Madhuraj (Global Internships Programme)
Runner Up: Ralitsa Chorbadzhiyska (King's Internships Summer Scheme)
As part of the Global Internships programme, I worked with the Colombian Government as a policy research intern at the secretariat of education in a municipality called Sabaneta. I was put on a project called ‘Sistema Local deEducación’ where my main task was to find education policies and strategies that could be implemented to improve schooling in Sabaneta. At first, I found it difficult to come up with innovative and sustainable solutions since I knew very little about the ground realities of Sabaneta. I suspected that non-complimentary interventions could mean a tectonic shift in the very identity of the place. So, it was important for me to find strategies that were context relevant. To move forward with my research, I needed to interact and get involved with individuals who truly know the system- the students and teachers.
Soon I started visiting the different schools around my office in hopes that I could conduct informal interviews. Since I was really worried about communication problems, before launching my interview, I set aside sufficient time to sit in these classes to gain first-hand experience of the teaching atmosphere. It was surprising to realise how responsive the students were when shown genuine interest and enthusiasm. They took the time to answer my various doubts and were also eager to learn about my university. They only knew some words in English and I spoke no Spanish. Yet, with patience and a little help from Google translate, we were able to share ideas and stories. I learnt a lot more about the challenges to education- from high dropout rates, lack of classrooms and apathetic teachers to increasing disparity between public and private schools.
During my research, I remember having a really great conversation with my supervisor, who was also the General Secretary of education, about the political climate of Colombia. We exchanged our views on the recent rebel negotiations and the future of Colombia. This discussion helped me see the objective and impact of my work more clearly. The spill over effects of an improved education system will be vital for the maintenance of peace and establishment of a stable government. From that day on, I worked a lot harder. Colombia is going through a silent yet powerful revolution and I wanted to contribute as much as I could!
I could finally see my dedication come to fruition when the team approved my nearly 50 pages long policy recommendation paper. Creating and presenting this work was the biggest highlight of my internship. It was definitely challenging to explain my ideas to a team of people who were from various backgrounds, having different tastes and diverse opinions. However, this was about transcending such barriers and working together towards the united goal of improving education. Apart from being able to contribute to the much-needed research surrounding the promotion of education, I am very proud that I could learn to comfortably communicate across cultures.
Something I learnt along the way is that Colombia is not the violent, war-torn country that many popular shows like ‘Narcos’ make it out to be. Unfortunately, a substantial measure of our understanding and perception of a place is moulded by existing stereotypes and prejudices. I remember my friends and family expressing concern for my security when I told them the news of my internship. When usually talking about ‘Colombia,’ people conjure images of poverty, civil unrest and drug cartels.
However, as Marcel Proust once said, ‘the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new lands but in seeing with new eyes’. By undertaking this internship, I could see the real Colombia, one with vibrant towns, untouched wilderness and diverse people. As global citizens, we are all shaped by the same problems and promises. And now, more than ever, it is important for us to remain tolerant of various cultures. Knowing what I know now, I would have reassured my parents about my safety with more confidence. I would have also urged more of my friends to change their opinion and join me in Colombia. I also feel that my work would have been easier and I would have been more useful to my colleagues if I had taken the time to learn more Spanish before the internship.
In a way, being abroad, I was made to think more deeply about my future than ever. As a politics major student, I have always considered a line of work that would involve public affairs and policy work. However, after actually completing an internship doing policy research, I realise that I do not necessarily want to directly jump into a career of formulating policies. When recommending policies, it is difficult to ignore the moral sphere and the normative decisions that one is tempted to make. During this research, I realised that I am still a novice who doesn’t quite know where to stand on certain issues. My youthful idealism blinds me from always seeing how the real world works. My moral vision is still unfinished, and perhaps always will be. Even so, I don’t think I can ever consider a career in policy making until I am certain of my own beliefs. My internship was incredible, and this experience has only strengthened my passion for politics. However, I now also realise that I need to move beyond the curriculum to better understand the deep and complex realities of the political world. This experience has certainly moved me to take ownership, become more informed and reflect deeply on issues. And hopefully, more experiences like this in the future will widen my understanding and grant more clarity to my future ambitions.
Shortlisted: Olivia Carter (Global Internships Programme)
Ever since applying for university to study English literature I knew I wanted to go into publishing but I never knew which role will suit me best – an editor, an agent, a person in marketing or sales… So I decided the best way to find out was to learn from experience! I discovered Bahati Books had opened editorial and marketing interning positions through King’s Summer Internship Scheme and I applied for both.
I had first put my passion for editing into practice as a member of the prose editing team of the KCL Literary journal. But I also had some knowledge of marketing strategies from promoting my blog on social media and in person alike. Therefore, I thought developing my skills and gaining professional experience in either will help me know which role I prefer to do for my future career.
A while after the interview I was offered a position for Bahati Books as an intern with both editorial and marketing responsibilities. As much as I was happy, this was challenging news and I could not wait to start and prove to myself that I could do both at the same level of excellence.
One thing I achieved:
In the beginning of my internship I was given a valuable professional piece of advice by Kudakwashe Kamupira (one of the co-founders) which I then worked continuously to achieve. She told me that efficiency is key to success and I had to be aware of how long it takes me to complete a task, so I can schedule my day better, be more productive and improve my pace.
When I started, it used to take me above a week to edit a manuscript of up to 120 pages. But as I practiced timing myself and trying to gradually add to the tasks I was completing within a specific time frame, my speed increased. I can now happily say I can edit the same number of pages in just under 4 days! I find this skill of awareness when it comes to time management crucial at my stage of academic and professional development as I will be writing a dissertation this year.
One thing I achieved personally as a result of my internship with Bahati Books was to gain confidence and use it to deal with demanding situations and execute diverse tasks in the publishing sphere.
As I mentioned, the position of both an editorial and marketing intern was challenging at first. I had to learn not only how to edit to a high standard but also to subsequently promote the authors’ work on social media effectively. I was happy I could put my concise style of writing to a good use when it came to producing synopsises and press releases. I had to learn to create e-books and come up with marketing strategies for Bahati’s authors. More specifically, I worked on how the authors can utilise their presence on social media (mainly Instagram as a focus) and how the company can encourage them to do so. These were all new activities to me but I used my motivation to work Bahati Books and determination to do a great job to execute them successfully.
One thing I would change if I were to do it again:
If I could do my internship again, I would love for it to be longer. I now know how many valuable skills I gained for the 10 weeks I was with Bahati Books and I wish I could have a few more to continue learning. Also, I focused more on the publishing activities and if I were to do it again, I would ask more questions about entrepreneurship as Bahati Books is just as well experienced in that and I can learn more about starting my own publishing company in the future.
One thing the internship has changed about the way I see my future career:
Instead of narrowing down my choices to one role I would like to acquire in publishing, my internship with Bahati Books broadened them. If I were leaning towards editing, now I like marketing, communications and even design just as well! I believe that’s valuable because I gained a more realistic view of the industry and its intricacies, so I’m now set to do a Publishing Masters as a result of this work experience.
Moreover, because of the nature of the company – Bahati Books is a start-up found by two women – my internship changed the way I see the monopolist book market. I now know I will be able to start my own entrepreneurship publishing house one day and succeed based on my efforts and determination, despite the presence of established big names already.
What I have taken from my experience and continue to learn:
As a proof for the success of my work efforts during my internship with Bahati Books, I was offered a job with the company to stay for an additional month. I would not have had this opportunity, especially so early in my degree, if it was not for the King’s Summer Internship Scheme in the first place. I am also happy that I developed my skills at the level that can now be called ‘professional’ and I will continue to improve.
Another essential gain from my internship were the contacts – reviewers, authors and other publishers. I will now be able to establish professional relations with them and continue to build my publishing network in the future.
I was provided with the opportunity of writing a couple of articles, including one for the English Department blog, about my experience as an intern at Bahati Books. Therefore, I have been able to grow as a writer as well as a publisher and for me, this is incredible.
I have enjoyed and learnt from every day that I worked for Bahati Books and will continue to explore the field of publishing, expanding my knowledge and skills to find the best role for my future career.
Shortlisted: Ashley Williams (Global Internships Programme)
When I got off the plane at Cape Town, I had no idea what to expect. All I knew was that I would be working at a refugee centre for the next two months- the how, what, and where were all shaky details that I hadn’t fully comprehended. Eight weeks later, and my time in South Africa has surpassed any expectations I might have had, and I feel like I’ve developed both professional and soft skills that will stay with me for a lifetime. It’s impossible to verbalise all that I have learnt abroad in a few short paragraphs, but I’ll try my best!
Briefly, during my day-to-day working life, I was responsible for seeing new refugees and asylum seekers who came in. For those new to the centre, I had to establish their reason for asylum and decide whether I deemed them vulnerable enough to warrant assistance from the centre. For return clients, I would assess their current circumstances, and see whether I could help with whatever they came in to the centre for. There is no denying this was a challenge- to listen to these people’s stories and what they had been through is nothing short of harrowing. Further complications arose when the centre ran out of funding one month in to my internship, so we had to turn away nearly anyone who came in to the centre- largely irrespective of their circumstance. It would have been so easy to get upset when people are crying in front of you, and saying how they had been abused and their children taken, but I am proud that I could emotionally detach enough to think of solutions to some of the problems people faced. When we ran out of money, I decided to research other organisations, food banks, and shelters people could turn to, and personally helped at a few soup kitchens myself. In addition, I noticed that many of the refugees I saw were well-educated and had degrees, and so I created a CV template and walkthrough guide that I hope will be of use and aid some of the clients on their job search in the future.
This was only one facet of my role at Cape Town Refugee Centre. With the limited budgets, I wanted to think of more sustainable ways to encourage donations and sponsorship. I am proud that I (and one other intern) organised two separate events for World Refugee Day and Mandela Day. This was a challenge as we had no funds, so I appealed to local and national outlets for donations and sponsorship and through a lot of outreach we could get free t-shirts, decorations, musicians, nail technicians, and corporate donations to our events. Another intern on the programme was working at a local radio station, who we invited along to World Refugee Day. Through this, and the promise that I would write blog posts and recognise their contribution on social media, we were able to convince a lot of the donors for their time or money. For me, this was a valuable exercise in networking and problem solving which will stand me in good stead for later life.
Professionally, I feel like I have learnt to look at security issues more holistically and from different referent points. It is easy from a UK-perspective to slip in to a Western viewpoint of security and defence issues, which are mainly international. It was fascinating to talk to people about experiences and life in their own countries- particularly those from the DRC- and understand how for many people, civil war and domestic strife characterises their perception of insecurity. In the future, I will be more able to compare and contrast different issues based on these insights. In terms of careers, my time interning has showed me that I am a lot more motivated doing, and prefer, project-based work rather than doing the same tasks every day- now, I am searching for graduate schemes and future career paths that offer variety and fluidity.
There were, however, some things I would change about my time at the centre. I led a series of workshops for refugee children on topics such as leadership, communication, and xenophobia. Unfortunately, we started running these towards the end of our internship. We had developed a great rapport with the children and felt there was more we could teach them had we had the time and as we learned more about the challenges they faced as young refugees.
My time in South Africa became was so much more than just my internship, and going through the process with other King’s students meant I was surrounded by people who were also keen to delve into South African culture and challenge ourselves- whether this be going to a lecture at the University of Cape Town or hiking Table Mountain. By discussing what it was like at each other’s organisations, we were also able to learn more about what the political, economic, and social situation was like in South Africa- a country I knew very little about before. Some of us even took our sight-seeing to the max by going to Zambia and Zimbabwe to visit Victoria Falls, a truly unforgettable experience.
Overall, I am so pleased that I decided to intern abroad. Whilst I might have learned a lot in a UK-based organization, immersing myself in a culture so far removed from that in the UK enriched my development through teaching me to be empathetic, work with highly vulnerable people, take initiative when others wouldn’t, and act like a leader when needed.
Giulia Monteleone (Global Internships Programme)
In my role as a heritage officer I travelled quite a lot visiting different heritage sites in order to fulfil one of my tasks which was producing site visit reports. To do so, I had to acquaint myself with the histories of the places and the legal statute governing the organisation. Subsequently, I learned the research process of declaring a heritage site which was very interesting from a visitor’s perspective and I gained access to areas that I would not otherwise have, as a tourist. Further, this was academically beneficial as my course is research based. Furthermore, I had to acquaint myself with Cape Town’s City By-Laws and having some background in law (I studied for a year before switching to my current course), came in handy in reading, interpreting and applying statutes. Therefore, I read and learned a lot about South Africa. Moreover, in my policy project I discovered that the principles of effective policy formulation are the same as I learned in my course; which is evidence based and stakeholder engagement. Therefore, I was able find important threads linking my course and internship.
I was fortunate indeed to have a supervisor who not only set me measurable out-come based tasks, but was incredibly generous with his knowledge and allowing me the space to learn on my own by trusting me with a fair amount of responsibilities. This being my first major internship experience, and in order to track my professional development, I committed to reflecting upon three areas including adapting to a new work environment; interpersonal communication and awareness of the organisation’s workings through observations. I kept a diary and made an effort to write every weekend which I found very helpful both personally and professionally.
Having said that, a major observation I made –of which could be helpful to those considering an internship abroad- is the importance of attitude! The attitude with which one approaches their global internship experience is fundamental because this will have a major impact on the overall experience. I think it is vital to be cognisant that different societies have different approaches to things, therefore a visitor must be prepared to be reasonably flexible as it not only demonstrates courtesy but such is an excellent space within which to learn about one's strengths and weaknesses.
Maria Spano (Global Internships Programme)
Creating alternative media: my time at Bush Radio, a pioneer in community media activism in South Africa
This short essay is a reflective piece of writing on my two-month internship experience in South Africa which took place over the course of the summer as part of King’s College London’s flagship Global Internship Programme.
I must admit my time in Cape Town was truly mind-opening - thanks to my job there I was able to discover and learn tremendously about South African politics and socio-economic conditions, as well as about the challenges facing this still young democracy which arise from the still vivid memory of the apartheid era.
I became aware of the reality of townships, South African underdeveloped & segregated areas under apartheid – which are part of an urban geography which still to nowadays is reflective of the sharp social inequalities affecting the country.
When I first applied to the Global Internship Programme in early 2017, I was looking to gain some work experience in the policy and advocacy sector over the months following my completion of my undergraduate studies in International Relations.
Connect 123 - King’s local partner organisation in South Africa - selected me for an internship in journalism at Bush Radio, the oldest community radio station in whole African continent. Although initially it didn't represent exactly the kind of placement I had in mind, I soon became fascinated with Bush Radio as an organisation as I was researching more and more about it. This was the case also because over the course my studies at King’s I researched on social movement theory and horizontalism, hence I am intrigued by manifestations of politics from below, such as the grassroots activism and community media advanced by Bush Radio.
Shortly after my arrival in South Africa, I realised how my little understanding I had of the history of the country, which was only a simplified version of the reality on the ground. Bush Radio played a pivotal role in my process of observing and studying socio-economic relations in modern South Africa.
Over the two months I spent in Cape Town, I co-hosted - alongside my supervisor, Jasnine Roberts - Bush Radio’s flagship show “Sakhsizwe: Building the Nation, Bou Die Nasie”, which airs from 12:00pm until 2:00pm every day from Monday to Friday. I was involved in the programming and content editing of the show, as well as setting up interviews, welcoming and interviewing guests. In addition to this, I was also in charge of ensuring social media engagement during the show, blogging and responding to queries from the audience.
Alongside community engagement which was a crucial aspect of my job, I was also required to identify issues that needed to be addressed in a public forum. This was only possible by engaging with as many individuals from the community as possible. Hence, by speaking or just even listening to locals I was able to improve so much over such a limited period of time. By going to public lectures, taking public transports, attending book launches or visiting some of the major townships in Cape Town, I developed a greater cultural awareness of the country and a better understanding of the place where it finds itself nowadays. Over time, hence, thanks to this background I was more at ease when carrying out interviews and speaking about controversial and sensitive issues affecting the country.
For instance, outside broadcasting opportunities proved to be one of the most educational experiences, and the ones I am most proud of. I can still remember the multiple sensations I felt the day I went covering an event organised by the Cape Town Refugee Centre in the district of Wynberg. The event hosted jointly by the Refugee Centre and the local NGO Sonke Together took place on June 20th – World Refugee Day – and it was aimed to celebrate the elderly – the most vulnerable individuals in zones of armed conflict.
Throughout the day-long event – which involved lunch, live music and entertainment as well as free manicures for the ladies – I interviewed over 15 refugees who were willing to share their stories of sorrow and hope with me. Those interviews were recorded and after editing, they were played on air the same day. I was shocked to learn about the xenophobic attacks that most of the interviewees had been victims of in several townships: their stories told of attempts at setting them on fire, rape and daily threats. The majority of refugees who attended the event were from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Zimbabwe, Rwanda and Malawi.
These encounters prompted me to research further on identity politics in modern South Africa as well as to learn more about the 2008 xenophobic attacks that took place across the country. This led me to reflect upon issues of rejection of a pan-African sentiment in South Africa as well as the relationships between South Africa and other African countries.
Looking back at my experience, although I am glad I got to spend much time in studio mastering the use of the equipment and acquiring broadcasting and editing skills – I wish I had spent more time in the communities covering stories and interviewing people in the street.
Also I would have brought with me my digital camera had I known of the scarcity of equipment, in fact, we lacked the technology to turn the recorded material into a digital version and this was a shame because this prevented us from using the material on our website and social media accounts.
My experience at Bush Radio made me realise some of the limits affecting horizontal organizations of the ground, and, at the same time, it has made me consider seriously a career in journalism.
Grace Pinault (Global Internships Programme)
Finally, going towards the other part of the world! Expectations? None or too many, I don’t know.
I was confused on what to expect but curious of the new country, despite all the negative things I heard of it. I intend to: 1. experience how a country with recent history of internal divisions manages to unify its population, 2. to become more professional and 3. to understand which career path to undertake. Will I be at height of their and my expectations? Too many questions overwhelming my mind during my flight, in which I have also been told of the Manchester terror attack.
My confused and tired state of mind, swimming between the Lion King and some Nelson Mandela movies, can be compared to the one I had when I went Shark Cage Diving. I didn’t know whether I was frightened or excited of being in a very small boat in the middle of the sea on which a shark could have easily jumped on. The actual decision of going on that trip has been too fast for me to realise I was really on a speeding boat in front of a beautiful red sunrise asking myself why did ever decide to do it in the first place. A bird was flying next to us all the time, as KCL and 123 Connect checking on us. Patience, that is the answer, all questions will be soon resolved.
2. FIRST WEEK- LEARNERS LEARN, QUICKLY OR NOT, THEY SAY
My first week in Cape Town has passed.
As I met with the Head I got not one placement but two: working for the Legal and Advocacy departments. What an honour. The first week was real hard. I had three days to write a concept note on an intervention in Hanover Park linked to Gang Violence. I knew nothing about anything, not even what a concept note was. I had no internet at home or outside the office and, punctual, a very big thunderstorm, after a year of drought, decided to stop and fill with wind and water the entire city. This allowed me two days. I thought: new task, good spirit, focus, use your mind and past knowledge, research and finalize. Done. All went perfectly well, my boss was amazed and impressed… I was proud.
The city was strange for me. Townships and skyscrapers, the level of insecurity which prevented me from taking cabs and trains, the cold city and the warmth of the people. The Draught and the fires. The green of the vegetation. The redness of the sunsets. Both vegan and junk food everywhere. This strong dichotomy made me curious in the discovery of this new culture.
The picture of the safari with the cheetah appearing symbolizes the unpredictedness of the tasks assigned and the hikes the first sloping up part when you start working .
3. THE STAY- LIVING AS A CAPETONIAN
Hours. Days, weeks… Highs and lows… Little by little you get used to what surrounds you. The mountains sloping down in the ocean, the long white sea sides, the little streets full of art galleries, the touristy stands squares of the centre, African melodies, the protests. The participation in marches for human rights, the consultancy with people crying desperately asking for your help and calling you an angel, the interventions in places in the middle of nowhere where people say thank you to you meaning it from the depth of their hearts, speaking with the co-workers with pastry and tea in the hands about recent facts and the independence proved in your tasks. Also, you get used to the vibe of Cape Town: people enjoying life and time with a mindset of “I live then I work”. You really start understating how your job is having a positive impact on the life of people and how much that country needs to improve under some sectors. But also goodbyes, sicknesses and news of attacks in the streets of your house back home…always highs and lows, always.
The picture chosen is one taken from ziplining, since when you are on the zip you go so fast that the ends approaches far too quickly, and my experience in the Cango Caves, symbolising me in the discovery of the work I am doing deeper and deeper as the time passes.
These pictures represent the Hanover Park intervention I totally planned from beginning to end, carrying it out even though that area was named “RED ZONE” on that day and establishing new partnerships. However, what I am most proud of is the participation in the Mandela’s March on my own initiative, which symbolises my interest for such matters born with this job and integrated In myself, for the rest of my life.
4. DEPARTURE- EVERY EXPERIENCE MAKES YOU WHAT YOU ARE NOW
I would have never thought that this experience would have been this useful for my personal growth, for the understanding of myself and how I would picture my future career, for my integrity, confidence, professionalism and many other soft and hard skills useful in the future. I found myself surrounded by people who came here to SA to do good and improve themselves with who I overpassed difficulties, as the team pictures show.
The backlash? Leaving so soon… you become part of something that you must leave already.
For me this country and this job were a hike aimed at the clouds, where the point of the mountain is totally invisible.
But when I got there, the only thing I could see was the most beautiful sunset I have ever seen in my life.
A sun setting on a me becoming real citizen of the world.
My name is Grace Pinault, and I was a selected to intern with Dentons Munoz in Costa Rica this summer for two months. I was able to execute my work outputs, travel throughout the country, secure the founding partner’s reference, and secure an additional two-week internship with the Dentons office in London. I view my internship in Costa Rica (and subsequent London internship) as an overwhelmingly positive experience. My reflection discusses the strategies that I employed to improve my work experience; it is my sincere hope that other interns working abroad consider these strategies so that they may grow professionally and personally during a global internship.
Leveraging a Network
I was extremely friendly in the office and picked up work in the intellectual property department (which is my preferred field). I had built up enough rapport that I was able to invite myself onto a conference call with the IP department with the London Dentons Office. Before I left Costa Rica, I made sure to set up a coffee meeting with this contact in London. During that meeting, I received an offer for a two-week internship. During that two-week internship in the London office, I went around and made coffee (from beans I brought back from Costa Rica) for the department. Everyone was very eager to try and it was a brilliant opportunity for me to get to know my colleagues better. All of my networking turned into an offer of employment to work as a paralegal with Dentons.
Taking Advantage of Travelling
If I could re-do my summer, I would not have scheduled my new job to start so closely after my internship. After my time in Dentons Munoz, I had a research fellowship scheduled to start in King’s College London and an impromptu internship with Dentons in London. I wish I had blocked out the rest of the summer to travel throughout Central and South America. After I learned about public transport in Costa Rica, I realised that transnational travel by bus was incredibly affordable. It typically cost between $5-10 US per journey to travel from one side of Costa Rica to the other. I found plenty of bus companies that advertised bus journeys to other countries for under $10 US. I found the buses in Costa Rica to be on par with National Express in the UK and significantly better than most public transportation in the United States. If I had more time after my internship, I could have left my luggage with a colleague and travelled across the continent on these buses.
Dentons Munoz was spectacularly generous with granting me time off. I was able to travel around the country every single weekend whilst working at Dentons Munoz. They were even kind enough to grant me three days off work to extend a bank holiday weekend into a six-day trip. The bank holiday celebrates Costa Rica's annexation of the Guanacaste province, and because I was afforded enough time off, I had enough time to travel to the Guanacaste province for the festivities. At the epicenter of the festivities, we saw a variety of folk traditions and village festivals. At one point into the evening we climbed into a makeshift rodeo and enjoyed the bull riding. It was because of Dentons Munoz’s generosity that I was able to visit throughout the country. I know that that trip would not have been possible were it not for their generosity and accommodation.
Having lived in Costa Rica for almost three months, I do feel like I can confidently work with legal Spanish in the future. My Spanish language skills improved dramatically during the summer and I was able to handle complex legal documents in Spanish with relative ease and assurance. Going forward I will not shy away from legal opportunities requiring Spanish language skills.
My internship with Dentons Munoz was a huge development to my future career. Dentons is the largest law firm in the world, and I now have experience working in huge corporate law firm. My short internship in their London office was a spectacular addition to my resume. I started the London segment of my internship with a desire to work as a paralegal after. It wasn’t until after I was exposed to actual paralegals that I realised I did not want the position. While I did not take up the offer to work as a paralegal during my final year of LLB, it did signal to me that I was a good cultural fit for London’s legal firms.